NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status March 18, 2021 – Microgravity Research

A day before Expedition 64 moved the Soyuz MS-17 to another port on the International Space Station, the team of seven continued studies on the effects of microgravity on humans, plants and materials, along with a twin arrival event.

NASA astronaut Victor Glover took part in two media events, each with a different team. Glover and Kate Rubins first spoke to Fox 11 “Good Day LA” about living and working aboard the space station. About two hours later, Glover teamed up with Shannon Walker for an outreach event with U.S. representative Norma Torres from California, where they answered questions submitted by students.

Glover reunited with Rubins for eye ultrasound. Taking guidance from the ground, Glover was an operator for the Rubins study. Spaceflight, especially for long missions, can affect vision and eye health. These ongoing studies provide valuable data to researchers and test the accuracy and capability of portable medical equipment station crews – devices that will become even more critical as researchers become more sophisticated. farthest from the Earth.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins continued to shut down spaceuit machinery and equipment used during spaceflight Saturday that he and Glover completed to service a cooling system and communications gear the orbiting laboratory. Also, the astronaut replaced an old crystal growth chamber in support of the Industrial Crystallography Facility (ICF). The ICF is used to grow crystals in an inoperable place on Earth – samples large enough for commercial use. These crystals are not only interesting to look at, but essential in the research and development of new materials.

JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi was caught in a study examining fast-growing plants, known as Asian Herb in space. Future space travel, especially to destinations like Mars, will depend on plants for nutrition, traditional medicine and flavor. This experiment will contribute to the growing research group on plant growth, as well as provide new information on the formation of fragrant fertilizers in plants.

Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov from Roscosmos cultivated different types of cells with Kaskad’s survey, while his colleague, Commander Sergey Ryzhikov, focused on setting and preparing for Soyuz’s movement activity.

On Friday, March 19, viewers can check out the Soyuz MS-17 undock and take a spin in the orbital neighborhood, so to speak, and then reconnect to the Poisk model, which provides a free port Rassvet for Soyuz dock MS- 18. Live coverage of the move will begin on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website at 12:15 pm EDT. Unlocking from Rassvet is expected at 12:38 pm, with Poisk’s re-lock targeted at 1:07 pm

The new vehicle, MS-18, will enter the station following a planned April 9 announcement, carrying NASA’s Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos’s Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov’s.

Air-Orbit Status Report

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Asian Herbs in Space: The team stored samples in the Minus Eighty-Degree laboratory freezer for ISS (MELFI) and closed a 30-day Asian Herb plant growth test. Microgravity affects plant growth and an understanding of the nature of these changes is important for future missions that will depend on plants for food. Asian Herbs in Space study fast-growing plants used for traditional medicine and food tasting, exploring differences in their aroma that may result from cellular changes co -connected with microgravity. This study is of benefit to future plant growth efforts and provides new information on the formation of fragrant fertilizers in common herbs.

Dose Circulation within the ISS – 3D (DOSIS-3D): The team looked at the DOSIS Main Box LEDs to gather information about the DOSIS Main Box Status. ISS crews are constantly exposed to varying levels of radiation that can be harmful to their health. DOSIS-3D uses a number of active and passive detectors to determine the radiation doses within the ISS. The goal is a three-dimensional radiation map covering all segments of the ISS.

Industrial Crystallization Facility (ICF): The team modified the Single Crystal Growth Chamber (SCGC) model in the ICF. Getting a good connection was a bit difficult at first, but this was resolved. The ICF is a small chamber that allows crystals to grow over time into large crystals that are suitable for use in a science laboratory on Earth. When grown in the microgravity environment of the ISS, the crystals are of much higher quality than those currently grown on Earth.

JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) -16 Removal: After the satellites were deployed on Sunday, and in preparation for the next satellite device to use the JEM airlock, the hardware went Remove J-SSOD-16 from slide. The J-SSOD brings modern, secure, and satellite launch capability to the ISS. The J-SSOD is a special-purpose satellite transceiver, handled by the Japanese Test Module Remote Control System (JEMRMS), which provides protection and usability devices for several individual small satellites.

Life support rack (LSR): As part of LSR maintenance, the team replaced the hydrogen sensor with an additional unit. LSR is a technological indicator for closed-loop air regeneration. LSR captures carbon dioxide from cabinet air and recovers 50% of its oxygen for use by the astronauts. LSR will work for at least a year on the ISS to demonstrate the strength of the technology for future Exploration Missions.


Extravehicular Post (EVA) Activities: The team completed a number of activities to prepare EVA equipment for long-term stow. Initially, the team maintained EVA equipment. Next, the team performed a cooling loop and iodination scrubber for Extravehicular Movement Unit (EMU) 3009. Finally, the team completed the final Metal Oxide (METOX) regenerative cycle.

Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) Intermittent Ventilation Flow Measurement: As part of a system health check, the team used a Velocicalc instrument to measure the amount of airflow through selected ventilation channels and centers. Today’s measurements were taken in Node 1, Node 2, Node 3, Oxygen Generation System (OGS) rack, Cupola, and LAB. In addition, the team used the Carbon Dioxide Monitor (CDM) to take CO2 measurements in the SM, LAB, and Node 3 models to ensure a good distribution of Carbon Dioxide across the U.S. On-orbit Segment (USOS) .

Build Crew-1 Rock Catcher: The team built a “Rock Catcher” that will eventually be installed into the heels of an IMV in Node 2 leading to the zenith Node 2 docking port. Rock Catcher is a device built into orbit to create a barrier for IMV heels to ensure that the airflow path to the Visiting Vehicle (VV) is protected. While Crew-1 is currently deployed to Node 2 onwards, Crew-1 will move to Node 2 zenith before Crew-2 arrives.

Treadmill 2 (T2) Monthly Check: As part of regular maintenance to ensure that the T2 exercise machine is in good working condition, the team inspected the four Snubber Arms for any sign of free play in addition to make any necessary adjustments to reduce freebies. play.

Completed Action List Activities:

Today’s land actions:
All actions are complete unless otherwise stated.

Brine Processors Assembly (MSPs) Activity
Troubleshooting WPA for Catalytic Reactor Ops
EMU loop screw order
IMV Flow Measurement Order
Watch Ahead Plan

Friday, March 19 (GMT 078)
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AC Touch
Confocal microscopy
IPSU-G FIR Trouble
Accept Food
Fridge Trouble-2
Installation of J-SSOD-M2
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Port 63S reset
Stow EVA machine
HECA EVA installation
EVA REBA Hardware Review
Saturday, March 20 (GMT 079)
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Crew duty

Crew duty
Sunday, March 21 (GMT 080)
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Location of HRF saliva and urine collection
PK-4 Knowledge / Study

Crew duty
Planned Actions today:
All actions are complete unless otherwise stated.

Male HRF sexual urine collection
Ceumannan Ceumannan Post-sleep
Close Asian herb and add MELFI
Small orbital satellite JEM (SSOD) user (restart and multiple) removal from Multi-Purpose Test Platform (MPEP)
SCGC Trade Industrial Crystallization Facility (ICF)
Replacement of Hydrogen Sensor 2 with Hydrogen Sensor 1 S / N 16
US Extravehicular Function Equipment (EVA) Stow
Replacement of Columbus PPSB fuses
Food Capture Study
Resonant Ions light detector
Setup & Stow Actiwatch Plus HRF Rack 1
MRM1 Passive Docking Assembly (АСП) and Soyuz 747 Sealing Devices
Connecting Hose Water Feed to Life Support Rack Panel 5
Reconnect Hose Water Feed to Zack Life Support Panel
Transfer Cygnus Cargo operations
PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Transfer thermostat No.07 from SM to MRM2
Modification and analysis of load modes of Soyuz 747 Kazbek-UM seat shock absorbers
In Pivot Fitting (IFM) aircraft maintenance installation
HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval and Insertion Operations
Electron deactivation
Scrub Maintenance Loop Extravehicular Movement Unit (EMU)
CASKAD operations
Vozdukh [СОА] put off
Turn off Potok air cleaning system [УОВ] in SM and FGB
In aircraft maintenance (IFM) Rock Catcher Build
The DC1 Passive Docking Assembly (АСП) and Progress 445 Active Docking Assembly have been blocked [АСА] (DC1) hat sealing devices
Poster required for CEVIS Ergometer
Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) General Cabin Air Conditioning (CCAA)
445 progressive implementation (DC1). Removal of air duct
Extravehicular Movement Unit (EMU) Iodination maintains a cooling loop
DOSIS Main Box LED Check
Freezer / Freezer Galley 2 Assemble hardware
Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) Interim Temperature Measurement Survey (IMV)
Closure of DC1-Progress 445 hat
Countermeasures System (CMS) Treadmill Survey 2 System (T2) Monthly Review
In Hardware Renewal aircraft maintenance
DC1-[СУ] and [СУ]- Progress 445 Hatch Jump Study
Office of Public Affairs (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
Review com and ops from Soyuz 747 via RGS
Ultrasound Scan 2 Health Preservation System (HMS)
Extravehicular EVA (EMU) Scrub Loop Cooling Unit
Metal Oxide Refinishing Finish (METOX)
Director of Flight / ISS CREW CONFERENCE
Preliminary Questionnaire Questionnaire General Steps

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